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Blogger Bride Michaela Noelle Designs’ Wedding Reveal!

Our wedding day was everything we had imagined and more. By far the best part of the day was getting married but a close second was having all of our friends and family, from all over the country, in one spot to celebrate. Our hope was that by creating a beautiful atmosphere for our wedding, our guests would feel loved. The gorgeous flowers and incredible backdrop of Holman Ranch did just that. See it all photographed by Danielle Poff and filmed by United Media Collective below!

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Fall
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Ranch
Styles
Rustic

Peek Back at Michaela’s Wedding Journey

Engagement Session | Defining the Inspiration | Bridesmaid Gift Box | Selecting Vendors | The Details | Bridal Shower

From the Bride, Michaela… There were so many special aspects to our day. From little details, our ceremony uniting us as one, the amazingly touching and hilarious speeches made by our maid of honor, best man and my dad — everything was so memorable and important to us. It was equally important to us to honor a very special person who sadly didn’t get to see us be married. My husband’s father passed away last January, so we wanted to honor his memory. We had my grandmother sew a heart-shaped piece of one of his favorite shirts onto two hankies. One for me and one for McCann. The hanky I carried was my great, great grandmother’s hanky that she used on her wedding day many, many years ago. My grandma embroidered McCann’s dad’s initials on them and he carried his in his pocket, while I tied mine around my bouquet. It was our something borrowed and something blue. A way tangible to remember his dad and how much he meant to us.

Our ceremony was another important part of our day. We chose to wash each other’s feet, showing one another that we promise to love and serve the other person, just has God has loved and served us.

Some other fun touches included customized cornhole bean bags with our monograms, our delicious apple raspberry jam favors (we met in an apple orchard!), the comfy vignette seating we created outside of the dancing barn complete with blankets and pillows, our amazingly talented DJ who kept the beats rollin’ all night (the dance floor was literally never empty!) and the glow sticks we passed out at our reception, and our interactive polaroid camera guest book. What a FUN day, which we will remember for years to come.

Advice for brides: Once the day has arrived, just rest. Know that you’ve done everything you can to plan your beautiful celebration of marriage. Relax and let the professionals (and your bridal party!) take it from there. The only thing that truly matters is the fact that you are getting married! So celebrate that, take time during the day to take deep breaths and take it all in. I did lots of “this is my wedding day!”while just looking around the reception taking in the joy and beauty.

Practical advice for your wedding: hire a planner or coordinator. Just do it! It makes your life SO much easier. Our wedding flowed so well because of this. Also, find an amazing photographer and videographer. These are the only tangible memories of your day, so be sure you love the work of whomever you choose.

For more of a peek into our day, check out our wedding video, which has brought tears to my eyes every time I’ve watched it. We are so thankful to have this on video to show our future children.

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Cinematography: United Media Collective | Coordination: engaged & inspired | Floral Design: Michelle Lywood | Cake: I Do Wedding Cakes | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | Catering: Paradise Catering | Hair + Makeup: Lindsay Dabalos | Calligraphy: Graceline Art | DJ: Belmont Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Holman Ranch | Blankets + Pillows: Lulu & Georgia | Bridal Jewelry: Haute Bride | Bridesmaids' Robes: Love Ophelia | Cake Topper: Lietofiore | Ceremony Programs: Shine Wedding Invitations | Furniture + Rentals: Forage Vintage Rental Co | Guest Book Table Sequin Linen: Mrs. Freund & Co. | Illustration: Graceline Art | Jam Favors: Kitchen Kettle Village | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Maid of Honor Dress: Jenny Yoo | Ribbon: Adorn Company

Inspo to Reality: Michaela’s Wedding Pinterest Board!

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A Summer Wedding Awash in Lavender + Blush

Every now and then a wedding comes along that’s nearly impossible to curate because every last image is utter perfection. That’s exactly the case for this summertime ranch affair designed by CCL Weddings & Events with floral pretties from Peony & Plum. We’re officially spending this Black Friday dreaming in shades of lavender and blush, and you can find even more captured by Esther Sun in the gallery and The Cub Team’s film below.

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Al Fresco

From the Bride…We had a vision from the beginning of a natural outdoor vineyard wedding in California awash in lavender and blush colors. Other than that, we had a lot of concepts floating around in our minds, and our planner, Cat Leo of CCL Weddings and Events, worked really hard with us to narrow the ideas down to something we could execute. We think it really came together beautifully in the end, from the flowers to the candles to the signage!

Venue: We knew that our families—Sejin is from Seoul, and Mike is from Chicago—and our friends would be coming from all over the place, so California just made a lot of sense for us as a gathering place. We also fell in love with the perfect weather and the beautiful natural settings that are everywhere in the state. We took a trip out to California last summer and looked at a handful of very nice venues, but nothing really stood out to us. That same weekend, we went to our friends’ wedding at Malibu Rocky Oaks in the Santa Monica mountains, and it just hit us that this was the perfect place to get married. The sun setting over the mountains, surrounded by grape vines, it was everything we wanted but couldn’t exactly articulate. Cat had told us about Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyards, and we tried to see the venue while we were in the area, but we weren’t able to get in. So we took a leap of faith and booked the venue without actually seeing it in-person, and it was everything we could have hoped for!

Favorite moments: Definitely walking down the aisle with our moms. We wanted to honor our moms for shaping us into the people that we are today, and it just felt really natural that we would walk down the aisle with them. And we were so lucky because the sun was shining and the weather was amazing, and when the sun set and the café lights lit up the dance floor and the dining area it was perfection!

Advice for other couples: Don’t procrastinate, share the load equally with your partner, and listen to your planner!

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Photography: Esther Sun Photography | Cinematography: The Cub Team | Event Planning: CCL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Peony & Plum | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Cake: M Cakes Sweets | Bride's Shoes: Tribut Ives Saint Laurent | Catering: Hungry Bear | Hair + Makeup: Theresa Huang | DJ: All The Above Events | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch Events | Desserts: Pazzo Gelato | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Photo Booth Supply Co | Rentals: borrowed BLU | Rentals: Modest Peach

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We’re Thankful This Rustic Photo Shoot Exists

Sometimes all it takes is the smallest gesture (or in this case, one beautiful autumn inspired photo shoot at Rancho Las Lomas) to remind us just how incredibly lucky we are to bring you beauty on the daily. We just thought you’d like to know how eternally grateful we are for readers like you and hope you rejoice in the fact that we’ve got the loveliest snaps from Natalie Bray Studios waiting for you in The Vault!

From Meadowsweet EventsSet amongst ancient oaks and sycamore trees, this beautiful fall editorial is romance in the purest form. We pulled every pretty touch together to create a clean and modern slate for the beautifully crafted wild florals by Best Day Ever, and the gorgeous paper textures from The Pointed Nib. By keeping the design minimalist with just glass and brass elements, we allowed all the other colors and textures to shine through and add just enough beauty without overwhelming the viewer. Natalie Bray perfectly captured the serenity and romance of the day!

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Photography: Natalie Bray Studios | Event Design: Meadowsweet Events | Event Planning: Meadowsweet Events | Floral Design: Best Day Ever Floral Design | Wedding Dresses: The Dress Theory | Hair + Makeup: Beauty By Melina | Invitations + Calligraphy: The Pointed Nib | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Furniture + Tabletop Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals | Models: Kevin Challinor | Rentals: Gardenology

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